Excerpt from The American Legion Monthly, Vol. 6: June, 1929
It is true, of course, that only those who know pit dogs will try it; only those who know that pit dogs don't bite people.' Even if a pit dog should be so inclined, in a fight he's so intent on killing the other dog that it would never enter his head to leave that job to turn on you, no matter what you'd do to him. It's true too that you ought to have strong hands. A pit dog's neck is any man's two hands full; and about as yielding as a well blown up cord tire. But underneath his throat there is a soft place, not so well protected - the spot a pit dog goes for. A steady, unrelenting grip, with the finger tips pressing carefully upward into this soft spot underneath, will do it. And it will not injure him; will not even hurt him much. To fight it out to the finish, he must breathe.
And he does want, above all other things, to kill that dog. So in the end he'll open, trying to gasp in breath; he'll loosen up that hard won grip in hope to get enough fresh air to start the thing all over. That's when you drag him off.
It seems a shame. I've choked old Bill loose from a score of dogs - and most times not without considerable regret. I've seen him take some elegant lacings till he got his hold. And then it really seemed too bad to rob him of reward commensurate. I often wonder that Bill doesn't hate me for it. But he doesn't. He only looks up at me good-naturedly after the other dog has staggered to his feet and gone away, and says, ok, boss, if that's the way you feel about it. But you know the other fellow started this. I'll get that baby some day when you're not along!
I try to explain to him that you can't let good dogs maim each other. But Bill can't see it. However, I think Bill's wrong. Splendid institution that a dog fight is, you've got to stop it short of bad injury or death. Perhaps a man who will let dogs fight at all is brutal. I wouldn't be surprised. I've heard so often. But it hasn't worried me much. I always say, Well then, why don't you stop it? That generally ends the argument; unless, perchance, the critic starts to hunt himself a club, or prepares to do a little humane kicking.
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